As we are already past mid-October, we’ve got those classic Autumnal colours on our mind. This month’s planter design is full of those deep yellows and burnt oranges, we love to see around about this time of year.

Autumn gardens are beautiful but can be tough to keep looking fresh once everything that came into bloom during the summer starts to die off. If you’re looking for a planter scheme designed to fill your garden with blooms well into the Autumn months, then look no further.

We’ve opted for plug plants for this design for ease more than anything else. Good garden centres and nurseries should still have a good range of flowering plug plants to choose from. Our plants are selected as late bloomers even in October.

What You’ll Need

- Planter

- Peat-free compost

- Trowel

- Gloves

- Stones or broken pots

- Plants

- Fertiliser

Plug Plants

- Sunflower Lemon Queen

- Helenium Autumnale Western

- Rudbeckia Goldstrum

Prepare Your Plug Plants

Sunflower Lemon Queen is a late flowering sunflower that offers this planting scheme some great height. The striking deep yellow of Rudbeckia Goldstrum is our mid-height grower that fills the middle of the planter with bright blooms. Finally, we’ve gone for the lovely Helenium. Sometimes, rather brilliantly, known as ‘sneezeweed’ Autumnale Western is a gorgeous yellow shade just perfect for low shape and colour.

Preparation

Choose from our brilliant planters, like our fantastic Basiqu Kub wooden planter. Made of high quality materials, they’re long lasting, suitable for all weather, and look great just about anywhere you could think of to put them. They come with pre-drilled drainage holes and a liner so they take all the hard work out of gardening. You might prefer one of our alternative planters – this planting guide will suit anything.

Fill the bottom of your planter with large gravel or a layer of broken pots to assist drainage. Any kind of container gardening needs to work hard to ensure plants don’t become water-logged. Next, fill your planter about two-thirds up with a good quality, peat-free compost mixed in with a good handful of perlite to aid drainage even more. Now is a good time to either water your plug plant trays, or stand them in a small amount of water just to loosen up the existing compost and make transferring them a little easier.

Plants

Carefully extract your plug plants from their containers and plan your design and distances – don’t dig them in at this point. Once you’re happy with the arrangement, use the end of your trowel to poke a hole in your compost and perlite mix deep enough to cover the roots of your plug. Carefully place each plant in the right hole and firm the compost to make sure the roots are covered but not too much of the stem. Once you’ve finished your planting, give everything a good water and finish off with a spot of liquid fertiliser to ensure your blooms last well into the first frosts of winter.

 

Why not plant yours up this weekend?